Nova Scotia

Amherst hopes to slow down wind development

The town of Amherst is trying to slow down a wind development on its doorstep, while Health Canada studies wind turbines.
Amherst residents say they're generally for wind power, but they worry about the proposed setback of a new wind farm from their homes. (CBC)

The town of Amherst is trying to slow down a wind development on its doorstep, while Health Canada studies wind turbines.

In the next few weeks, the province could approve several more wind farm projects. One of the projects being considered is a second wind farm on the Tantramar Marsh, near Amherst.

Charlene Moore is one neighbour who has misgivings about the multiple turbines planned for the project.

"Five or six might be alright, but if they're talking 20, 30, 50, whatever, that's going to change a lot of things," she said.

Next door to her, Bob Estabrooks doesn't have a problem with wind power. He even went to the existing wind farm nearby, to check it out.

"We couldn't detect anything," he said. "But that doesn't mean other people can't."

Many of their neighbours have contacted town councillors about possible problems with wind farms. Deputy Mayor Dale Fawthrop said many of the residents worry about how close the turbines will be to their homes.

"I wouldn't term them so much complaints as concerns," he said. "A number of people have contacted councilbut have always prefaced their remarks with, 'I'm in favour of wind turbines ...'"

Fawthrop would like it if any approvals of wind farms could wait until after an expected Health Canada study on the proper setback wind farms should have from homes.

The town is asking for a moratorium on wind development on the marsh until the study is complete.

While the proposed development is close to Amherst, it's on land governed by Cumberland County, and Cumberland Warden Keith Hunter wants to push on with the development.

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